Williams defends policies on access to arena records



Williams defends policieson access to arena records
EDITOR:
I am somewhat perplexed by statements and/or insinuations contained in your May 14 editorial. In your writing you stated, "Ever since the opening of the arena last October, we have been seeking full disclosure of all contracts pertaining to the construction of the $45 million structure, the management, operation and maintenance and the agreement between the Youngstown SteelHounds and Global."
Perhaps you were unaware, that from the beginning of my term in office, every document that is subject to Ohio's open-record laws has been available for public consumption. In fact, I would challenge you to identify any instance during my term in which access was denied to any such documents.
Furthermore, you stated, "Mayor Williams must know that secrecy breeds conspiracy theories. He can silence the detractors by placing every piece of paper related to the arena in the public domain." I find your statements curious in that all of the information is available in the public domain, yet the detractors remain unsatisfied.
Again I would urge you (or the detractors) to document any instance during my tenure in which access was denied to public information related to the arena, or any other applicable city activity for that matter.
You are accurate in your assertion that "secrecy breeds conspiracy theories," which is one reason that this administration attempts to operate as transparently as appropriate and possible. However, I would also offer the following: Editorials that contain inaccurate insinuations also breed conspiracy theories. They do tend to make one question the transparency of the agenda of those who author them.
JAY WILLIAMSMayor
City of Youngstown
Workers' Compensation planirks Valley business owner
EDITOR:
As a concerned small business owner in Ohio, I am writing regarding the proposed rate hike for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation.
Do you honestly believe that the small business owner should pay the price for the management of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation funds? Do you think the BWC cares that the burden for workers' compensation is already far and away a small business owner's largest expense? If the BWC's plan includes putting the small business under, then they are succeeding. After a 4.4 percent increase in 2005, 2 percent in 2004 and 9 percent in 2003, how can the bureau possibly justify another increase?
Columbiana County is already in a deep depression because of the closing of many businesses. Our unemployment rate is almost the highest in the state. Need I mention that the Ohio Job & amp; Family Services unemployment rates are increasing also?
If the BWC carries through with its plan of sharp rate increases, as already stated by its Administrator William Mabe, many small businesses will be closing. This will create more unemployment for the citizens of Columbiana County and put a strain on the already over burdened unemployment and welfare rolls. Is this good business on the part of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation? I do not think so.
Small business is the backbone of this nation. Government should be working to keep the small business alive instead of constantly raising taxes and insurance rates that we cannot afford. We work hard to keep our doors open and do not expect handouts from the taxpayers or the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to do it. We expect the same from our Bureau of Workers' Compensation. And, if small business has to bear the burden for the BWC's poor investments, then small business should have some say in the handling of its investments.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation needs to take care of its problems in management instead of expecting the small business owners of Ohio to bail it out of its scandal and management problems. If we as small business owners mismanage our funds, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is not there to help us. The BWC needs to take care of its problems the same as we take care of ours -- with hard work, not raising rates.
Please express your concerns by taking a few minutes to write letters to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in Columbus as well as our leaders in Columbus and Washington.
DOROTHEA K. BETZ, President
Betz Job Service, Inc.
Wellsville
Strickland's tuition plansmacks of socialism
EDITOR:
In regards to The Vindicator article, "Strickland proposes college tuition help," I have these questions: Why is it never suggested that a college or university roll back its prices to help the "poor student" get to college? Why is it never, never suggested that perhaps the salaries paid to our professors and teachers are too high and they should give back to help that poor student and therefore the community?
Those students who desire to go to college should begin at an early age to study hard and get good grades all through school and apply for scholarships if their parents can't afford to send them. There are any number of "helps" already in place. Why burden taxpayers more than they already are?
Unfortunately, there are already too many irresponsible parents who expect someone else to pay and too many lazy students who don't care enough about higher education to help themselves. This idea of Mr. Strickland's just feeds into that. Nathan Hudzik is right. What Mr. Strickland proposes is socialism.
How about building a country of hard working, industrious and determined individuals who don't expect someone else to do it for them? No one deserves higher education. Either you want it or you don't. How hard are you willing to work for it?
MARGARET HENNING
Youngstown
Democratic dominance netsus prisons, garbage dumps
EDITOR:
Regarding "Stuck in the Slammer," the article in the current issue of Forbes magazine asserting that Youngstown in particular and the Mahoning Valley in general have replaced steel-related employers with prisons.
Forbes got that part of the story right, but there's more to the story. The other major industry here is garbage dumps. It's cheaper to dump garbage in Ohio than any place else between here and the East Coast, so this has become the dumping ground for the East Coast's garbage. The Youngstown area gets more than its share of the trash.
What do we have to blame for the imprisoning and trashing of our area? For starters, we have a stronger one-party system than the Soviet Union had. Once a candidate for office gets the endorsement of the local Democratic Party, an election is superfluous because the vast majority of Mahoning Valley voters will simply go to the polls and pull the lever next to the letter D. The fact that some of the candidates these people have voted for have been in prison or are currently in prison doesn't matter as long as they have the endorsement of the Democratic Party.
MICHELLE GRIFFITHS
Mineral Ridge